Since no one knows yet how long we’ll be sheltering in place, we might as well make the most of our time at home. For many of us, that means spending more time in our gardens, planting new flowers, shrubs, and vegetables for spring. For many more of you who don’t have gardens, you now have the time to start one of your own.
The Oakland Public Library offers all the practical tips you need to plan, start, and nurture your garden whether it be a a row of pots on an apartment balcony or a large urban farm. Gardening has many benefits. It’s environmentally restorative, economical, physically stimulating, meditative, and creative.
The library offers a variety of e-books on every aspect of gardening. Here are a few to get you started:
Can’t find just the right book? Use the Oakland Public Library’s Book Me! service. Tell us what you’d like to read and a librarian will send you a personalized list of books. If you don't have an Oakland Public Library card, sign up for one today.
For more gardening resources such as tips, seeds, plants, supplies, check out:
Alameda County Master Gardeners Program/ Growing Your Own Food
While many businesses are closed, fortunately, local garden and hardwares stores remain open to assist everyone wanting to kick-start their botanical projects. When you visit these stores, we encourage you to pay attention to posted safety and operational guidelines. Let's spread seeds not the coronavirus!